Searching for my gg-gradmother & her family. Our records show that she was Elizabeth Cathering Wergner and married Carl Radtke. Four children: Elizabeth Charlotte, Leo, Margarethe & Gertrude. The migrated from Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany, Prussia in 1897 from Bremen, Germany and arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1898 on the SS Elizabeth Rickmers. I am questioning the spelling of her last name because of some information (noted below) that I came across with several similarities to my family.
We suspect from family lore that there were other family members who arrived in the US prior to them coming over. There were no other family members on the ship with them.
They were a Catholic family who migrated up through Texas and eventually settled in Sterling, Oklahoma & then in Union City, Canadian Co, Oklahoma.
If any of this sounds familiar, I've included more information that I know and suspect below.
Thank you in advance for any help!
Alex Allison Maddox email@example.com
Another important fact that I do know about her family is that it is a tradition for the oldest daughter of the oldest daughter to have the first name of Elizabeth. So she would be the oldest daughter and so would her mother, grandmother and g-grandmother and all would have the first name of Elizabeth. They may or may not have gone by Elizabeth, since 4 generations of the last 5 have gone by our middle name.
I came across this German webpage that appears to be a Church's baptismal records (can't read German!), that matches the time period and General location of my family. Have no idea if this is actually a connection, but on my g-grandmother's birth certificate from Charlottenburg, Berlin, her father's name Carl Radtke, has this long "Z" word in front of it that I couldn't quite make out. When I can across this web page, there is a Zimmerman Carl Radtke and taking a closer look at the "Z" word, that's exactly what it is. I don't know if Zimmerman is some sort of title or actually part of his name.
Mentioned in some of these listings are "Wegner"s which is real close to the last name I have for my gg-grandmother.
Here are the "church?" listings I've found if anyone can make any sense or a connection out of them:
95. Wilhelm Carl Rudolf, geboren 30. September 1892 Paten: Zimmermannsfrau Friederike Radtke geb. Warskow, Dammen Pächter Heinrich Noffke in Poblotz Stellmacher Rudolf Wegner in Dargeröse
96. Paul Carl Heinrich, geboren 16. März 1894 Paten; Zimmermann Carl Radtke in Dammen Käsemacher Heinrich Döhrmann in Polzin Altsitzerfrau Johanne Noffke in Zezenow
97. Otto Albert, geboren 15. Dezember 1895 Paten: Eigentümer Albert Noffke in Sageritz Wilhelm Radtke in Dammen Louise Kritsch geb. Radtke in Berlin
99. Louise Auguste Therese, geboren 5. Dezember 1898 Paten: Stellmacherfrau Auguste Wegner in Dargeröse Therese Radtke in Dammen Schneidergeselle Ernst Radtke in Bewersdorf
100.Margarethe Anna Marie, geboren 2. März 1903 Paten: Lehrertochter Bertha Vietzke in Klenzin Zimmermannstochter Therese Radtke in Dammen für ihre Schwester Anna in Berlin Brenner Friedrich Fett in Zezenow
101.Karl August, geboren 26. Juli 1905 Paten: Karl Noffke in Berlin, vertreten durch Schneidermeister Ernst Radtke in Dammen Bauunternehmer August Pichan in Zemmin Schneiderin Marta Rudlaff in Glowitz